SPIDER- GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #5 / Writer: Seanan McGuire / Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa / Color Artist: Ian Herring / Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles / Published: February 13th, 2019
Spider-Geddon has ended and Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Woman, aka Spider-Gwen, aka Ghost Spider, is trying to return to her normal life. Except how do you return to a normal life when everyone knows you are a superhero?
Her identity has been revealed, but not everyone in Gwen’s life realizes the toll being a hero takes. Nor can they comprehend what happened during the Spider-Geddon event. Gwen carries the emotional baggage of being the messenger for all the Spiders who did not survive, being a hero of her own, and dealing with normal problems like band practice and enrolling in college. It’s a lot for one person.
Real life is hard, superheroing is easy. Gwen can handle her life as a hero. However, as she’s trying to figure out her normal life she is constantly reminded that a normal life isn’t for her. Seanan McGuire sums it up with a great line:
“You don’t get to be normal. All you get to be is special. Forever.”
McGuire’s script balances the fun superheroics with the complicated times of a young person. It’s a heartfelt story, beginning a new chapter in Gwen’s life. She’s fought ninjas, exposed her identity to the world, and traveled across dimensions to help save the Spiders of the multiverse. Now she’s home and has to figure out where to go from here.
Takeshi Miyazawa’s art matches McGuire’s tone very well. He captures the emotions of the characters in several great close-up panels as well as the freedom of swinging through the city. Ian Herring’s colors create a bright and inviting world that pulls us in. They put us into the alongside Gwen’s heroics.
Spider-Gwen #5 starts a new chapter for Gwen Stacy as she tries to figure out what comes next. It’s a fun book, hitting solid emotional beats anyone can relate to, spider-powers or not. I was worried Spider-Geddon might have been the end for Gwen. I’m glad we get to spend more time in her world.
VERDICT 4 out of 5
Opinionated geek and writer born in the desert, raised on the beach, and now living in the mountains, Paul is a lifelong nerd who loves Star Wars, costuming, comic books, and all manner of geeky things.